Is That Worth Buying?

Published on: Feb 27, 2015 @ 3:50

Xûr is in town offering new gear. What’s worth your hard-earned Strange Coins?

Remember to finish the Urn of Sacrifice quest before he leaves!


Item Class Subclass Type Strange Coin
Universal Remote Any Any Shotgun 17
No Backup Plans Titan Defender Gauntlets 13
ATS/8 ARACHNID Hunter Gunslinger Helm 13
Heart of the Praxic Fire Warlock Sunsinger Chest 13

Be sure to test your luck with Exotic Helm Engrams!

We also have reviews for each of the Exotic helmets:

Universal Remoteuniversal remote exotic review

This marks the first time this unique shotgun has been sold! It’s much more viable in PvE now that shotguns have gotten a buff, and it really can make for some fun Crucible games.

We have a full review for this weapon but the footage was taken before the most recent buff.

Should I buy it?

It will take up your primary slot so you’ll need to consider the circumstances.

The “Universal Remote” perk nearly doubles the range when ADS, allowing you to take people out from a safer distance.

The stability is very high too which means you don’t need to worry about any stability boosting perks.

In PvP it’s awesome in Rumble and smaller maps. If you enjoy getting up close and personal with your enemies, this is a great weapon to do it with, but nowhere near the best.


Stats Compared to Other Shotguns

  • Above Average: Stability
  • Below Average: Impact, Reload Speed

Notable Perks

  • Crowd Control: Kills with this weapon grant bonus damage for a short time.
  • Universal Remote: Range and precision damage increases greatly while aiming down the sights.

No Backup Plansno backup plans exotic

Everyone knows Titan’s like to punch things, and the quicker you can do that, the better. These perks are useful in PvE as well as PvP.

If you’re a Defender, and don’t have any Defender-specific Exotics (such as Helm of Saint-14), then pick these up.

These have an OK roll of 89/96 Strength, more than the last time it was sold.


  • Special Weapon Loader – Increases the reload speed of all Special Weapons.
  • Rain Blows – Increases melee attack speed.
  • Improved Disintegrate – Increases the duration of Force Barrier.

Should I buy it?

With No Backup Plans, your melee strikes can fortify you with a Force Barrier, giving you extra durability in combat.

Special Weapon Loader reduces your reload speed by about .7 seconds.

With Rain Blows you are going to have an increased melee attack so when you run into multiple enemies, these gauntlets can help you make quick work of them.

Because they’ll give you Strength, you’ll get a boost to durability, as the increased chances to trigger Force Barrier can greatly improve your staying power in combat. The obvious benefit of these is that you can stay protected for longer; it’ll increase the duration to about 20 seconds (from 15 seconds).

These are very well rounded gauntlets and are worth picking up.


ATS/8 ARACHNIDats/8 arachnid exotic hunter

Another brand new item in Xur’s inventory, this helm’s key ability will enhance the zoom of your Golden Gun, allowing you to get more precision shots. For those that don’t know, the Golden Gun does more damage with precision shots.

Consider buying an Exotic Helm Engram and you may even get this helm or something better.

With the latest patch, even the Golden Gun suffered a bit from the hand cannon nerfs (bug?), so Arachnid Sensorium may help alleviate that.

This helm comes with 44/47 Discipline and 44/47 Strength, very low rolls.


  • Light the Blade – Causing damage with a grenade reduces your melee cooldown.
  • Ashes to Asset – Replenish Super energy when you kill an enemy with a grenade.
  • Arachnid Sensorium – Your Golden Gun zooms in for accuracy when aimed.

Should I buy it?

The Golden Gun is already accurate when aiming down sights, and the enhanced zoom from the ATS/8 ARACHNID cuts down your field of view further, and isn’t really necessary or useful in most situations.

The other perks on the helm work well, revolving around your grenades, allowing you to use your Super and melee ability more often.

Having your throwing knife and Super available more often is great, but it’s going to be more apparent in PvE, since damaging/killing non-players with grenades will be much easier.

Unfortunately the enhanced zoom is very lackluster and the helm is arguably a waste of coins.


Heart of the Praxic Fireheart of the praxic fire exotic review

Another first-timer! Heart of the Praxic Fire is specific for Sunsinger’s, as it requires Radiance to take advantage of Praise the Sun.

This chest has a low stat roll of only 129/139 Discipline, while the maximum could reach up to 170.


  • Fusion Rifle Ammo – Increases the amount of Fusion Rifle ammunition you can carry.
  • Heavy Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Heavy Weapons ammunition you can carry.
  • Praise the Sun – Further decreases all ability cooldowns while Radiance is active.

Should I buy it?

With the right skills selected, you can become an infinite grenade/scorch machine when Radiance is active.

Which grenade type to use is really a personal preference, but the ability to completely deny areas with Solar grenades while using this armor is very useful in both PvP & PvE. Add Flame Shield, Radiant Will, and Gift of the Sun to really give you an edge.

Heart of the Praxic Fire is excellent in PvE for taking out large numbers of enemies very quickly.  It can also be very useful in PvP is your play still is to get up close and personal with the help of Scorch and grenades.

If you’re with another Sunsinger with this chest, Praise the Sun is affected by other Sunsingers’ Song of Flame, so at least one of you will want to be using that talent.



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  • Jerry Sköld

    I´m going to hate myself for this, but I want ATS/8 Arachnid just because it looks so COOL.

    • fearund30


    • Dan

      Haha same here. I’m collecting all the exotics too, so I have to pick it up even though the perks aren’t too great

      • Raul

        Iam not 🙁
        How do you get soo much?!

  • safej16

    So whats the highest the status the ATS/8 ARACHNID currently has? also i noticed in “Wheres Xur?” post that you put two Sniper telemetrys instead of one.

    • 70ish I believe, and fixed

      • ElekTriX

        The highest stat on a helm to my knowledge is 118 and that shared between both Discipline and Strength in Arachnid; so roughly 60 of each?

        • Help

          Arachnid maxes at 73 Discipline and 73 Strength. This week’s roll is really low.

        • Bubba92188

          128 is the max confirmed stat roll for a helm. Reddits Xur megathread breaks stat rolls down weekly. I myself have a helm of inmost light with 127.

  • deaths requiem9

    Ha heart of the praxic fire I have already gotten it twice. Once from a legendary emagram and again from a exotic enagram. Don’t get me wrong it’s an awesome exotic armor. Definitely worth having if you’re a warlock

  • Nightwing

    Im a little bit disapointed that now everyone is going to be using my beloved heart of praxic fire

    • Christian

      Sadly that is the way exotics roll at the moment. I, myself, am later hoping for a system that gives us something to show for our Exotics. Like The Mythoclast, Fate of All fools and Thorn. They go at it the right way. Something to challenge players rather than just make it a weekly item basically everyone gets.

    • Ed

      After 7 chest engrams last week I finally got my praxic fire, 150 stat roll, I was excited. Been saving motes since November waiting for chest engrams. Sooo happy I even took a break for the week so I could come back with new toys, and mother effin xur has it for sale finally…. At least I was able to pull the veil for my lock using the rest of my light, still need st 14, should have bought it when he had it the first time, oh well

    • Finlay Jones

      Didn’t your parents teach you to share?

  • ElekTriX

    >Buys Arachnid and helm engram
    >”hope I get a high Disipline Achlyophage”
    >Rolls the Cryptarch
    >Pulls out Arachnid with higher stats..

    • Guest

      Also, I’ve used Golden gun 99% of my time in Destiny and can never see a difference in precision damage from body shot damage on each tier I, II and III enemies. Maybe it’s crucible specific but I swear the damage never changes, for me atleast.

      • Christian

        I think it is just supposed to zoom you in more. I don’t think it gives a damage bonus. At least that is what I saw from it.

    • Christian

      Dude :/ That sucks. This is why it’s always a good idea to go cryptarch first, just in case you get a dupe.

    • Keith Christmas

      Exactly the same thing happened to me. I knew I should have rolled the engram first, but I wanted so much to believe that I was gonna get Saint 14.

      Oh, and I bought two chest engrams last week. Got the armamentarium twice. The Cryptarch is still the king of the trolls.

      Still, in the last week between various sources, I’ve added Thorn, Invective, Armamentarium, Arachnid, Universal Remote and Thunderlord to my exotic collection, and I finally got to replace my 30 light HoPF with a usable version. So I guess I can’t really bitch THAT much about getting unlucky on an engram.

  • Christian

    Yay! Can’t wait to use Universal Remote finally 😀

    • diabolicm

      I’ve had it drop for me multiple times and i can tell you it is not worth it, unless you have plenty of strange coins and like to run double shotguns or shotgun/sniper or shotgun/fusion rifle mix

      • insanetrasher

        With 100% damage upgrade its worth using it, at least in strikes it will be very viable. Probably in normal mode raid also.

      • Christian

        I think you’re missing the point though 😉 I’m just getting it to have fun. That’s the whole point in my eyes. Some weapons are just great for messing around with. Sure it’s not raid material, but it sure makes patrols, crucible and strikes a lot more fun to play.

    • Dan

      It can be fun to use I think. It’s a fun way to mix up your play style. The thing is probably a beast in PvE right now too after the 100% damage buff!

      • Christian

        Yeah, It’s all about having a bit of fun. People always protest that some exotics are terrible. But I think that is a miss of the point. Some of them are just supposed to be a laugh and a tad of fun.

      • PHzgamer

        Probably don’t… It still suffers with the reserve ammo problem. I bought one, i think that bungie will buff the reserve ammo of all secondary weapons in the primary slot in a future patch.

    • Raul

      I know right since they buffed of shot guns 😀

  • Dan

    It’s funny I was saying to my friends earlier tonight that I just wanted to see Xur sell stuff he hasn’t sold before. You can’t make everyone happy because we all want different stuff, but this was a really good week for Xur, I have to say!

  • Adamms

    Yeah BOY!!! Buying everything this week!

  • Chaz Choy

    Xur has been very kind to my Warlock today, HoPF and got the Skull from an engram (was hoping for the St. Mark for my titan) but I’m happy.

  • MurdiusMaximus

    This article says nothing about the Universal Remote perk enhancing precision damage. Well, it does, but increased precision damage cannot be overlooked. 4K critical shots is hard to snuff at, and frankly I would challenge anyone to find a shotgun that is capable of more damage output than the UR.

    • Phillip Viera

      I love the UR. But it’s reload and fire rate are sub par. You really need to kill on the first shot in crucible. For any shotgun in PvE you need to be in melee range to follow up your blast with a hit. Except UR can stand away a bit farther. Technically you can probably get a higher damage output in a shorter time with a higher ROF shotty

    • ForeverLaxx .

      Only relevant in PvE, and still didn’t matter there before the PvE buff to shotguns this patch. However, it’s a valid point and something I noticed about other perks that get passed over by the writers here. All that gets noticed is a perk’s primary benefit, but any secondary bonus is largely ignored.

      Send It and Hammerforged both increase shot accuracy, but no one talks about it. Being more likely to land shots at range while moving is really what makes those perks work. The bonus range gets all the glory though.

  • Guest

    The chest plate for the warlock is pretty good for warlocks if you have sunsinger cause you throw grenades faster and you have faster cool-downs i recommend the chest plate if your a warlock

    • Should I get this and replace my maxed-out Starfire Protocol?

  • Raul

    Anyone got a ps4? With Destiny? 🙂

  • Decdog2

    Praise be to ye RNGesus! Xur has finally given the community something new, something different, something fun! Instead of crappers-breath (dragon’s breath) and No Land for Shit (No Land Beyond), Xur gave us something he has never sold before. Thank you for ending the horrific reign of shitty expansion exotic weapons! Hahlelujia!

  • Ekiekke


  • Strife

    Heart of the Praxic Fire – The only dress I care about. 😛

    • I already have Starfire Protocol totally maxed out. Should I swap it for this?

      • Strife

        This, in my opinion, is worthy of your exotic slot if you love using Sunsinger. It’s probably one of the best, if not the best exotic for sunsingers.

        • Well, I missed out on Voidfang Vestments, so I’m pretty much defaulting to Sunsinger (unless I can finally get CE raid chest armor). Thank you for the opinion!

      • Del

        I have a maxed out Starfire and I bought a praxic. Can’t wait to be a full auto grenade launcher

  • Iflod101

    Ok, I have to say this even though some people are going to hate me for it. I would rather Xur sell No Land Beyond and Radiant Dance Machines than Heart of the Praxic Fire. Honestly, I worked so hard gather up 92 motes of light and bought 4 exotic chest engrams to get Heart of the Praxic Fire. I loved it so much, it felt cool, it felt exotic and for the first time in Destiny I “became legend,” at least around my friends. And then Xur sells it a week later and now everyone has it. These items aren’t exotic at all anymore. They don’t feel cool if everybody has them. The entire mechanic behind Xur is horrible, you either hate him for selling good gear or hate him for selling bad gear. He ruins the point of exotics. I value my legendaries more then my exotics. Xur should sell legendary weapons and legendary engrams. Maybe 2 legendary weapons, 1 legendary armour and 2 legendary engrams. You would still have a chance to get exotics through the engrams, so Xur would still be valued, probably more so. And when you finally do get your exotics you will value them so much. I understand that you still have to do the weekly heroic to get strange coins but to be honest it’s so easy to do them. Exotics should be rewarded for players who put time and effort in completing difficult challenges. People should feel an appreciation for value for every exotic they have. But no, Bungie wants everyone to “become legend.” What they don’t realize is that you don’t feel legendary if everybody has the same things and is just as capable as you.

    • ForeverLaxx .

      So… What you’re saying is that because you’re incredibly unlucky then everyone else has to be? For most people, Xur is the only reliable source for fun gadgets because they can’t/won’t do a Nightfall or Raid. Besides, what time or effort is really spent on those who got Mythoclast their first time in VoG HM?

      I’m sick of this mentality where people attribute arbitrary value to something so they can lord it over others until they too waste all their resources and time just so YOU can say that THEIR drop has value. Not quite equal value to your item, though, as you’ll remind them at every opportunity that you had it first.

      When I buy HotPF I’ll be sure to do so with a sly grin, because I know it makes kids like you squirm.

  • Y0urDepression

    Maybe this is the greedy part of me but I would prefer xur to not sell any new exotics but only engrams because many people myself included get an awesome exotic from nightfall or something and then someone who could afford it get it with work, yes I know that not everyone is lucky but its more of the principle that by having anyone be able to purchase it gives in to communistic principles were people are spoon fed the exotics even though they are “exotic”. I myself don’t really agree with doubleRNGesus when it comes to Destiny. But I feel all braggin rights I get because I got -insert awesome or rare exotic- just disapear because someone can reply yea I bought that yesterday.

    • Glyco

      That would be a good point if there weren’t people like me who have been playing Destiny since day one (including the alpha and beta), done hundreds if not thousands of top-level strikes, completed the raids, do weekly nightfall and strike on all 3 characters and still don’t have certain guns like Gally or Suros (I didn’t have enough coin when they was sold early on). I don’t think me buying it in any way diminishes the gun. If I bought it, I would consider I ‘earned’ it. Just as much as you ‘earned’ it because you were lucky enough to get it to drop.

  • jarrett

    I bought no land beyond last time cur was here, and have just enough coins to shell out for the UR

    • jarrett

      XUR* wow, I’m dumb

  • Markus

    Wow, I cannot believe the attitudes some people have. Personally I want every sunsinger I raid or do strikes with to have the Praxic Fire. That makes the strike easier for them AND me.

    And just because someone got lucky and got it in a drop they are more skillful or deserving than someone who bought it? I don’t think so. They could have AFK’d through a nightfall, not carried their share, or simply got it from a level 4 dreg. Someone who bought it may have solo’d the Nightfall / Weekly for coins so get over yourselves if you think being lucky somehow makes you more deserving.

  • Aron Bejil

    There’s so much hate on the Arachnid, but I actually like it. It’s decent in bossfights, to get more crits in, but it excelles in longer range encounters. It literally turns your Golden Gun into a Golden Sniper. There is virtually no damage falloff at longer ranges, which is great. For example: during the Archon Priest strike where you have the three waves of Vex coming at you while waiting for Dinklebot to open the door, I love sitting on top of a rock and just snipe my GG from up there.

    It is situational, but very fun to use. Plus it looks great.

  • Hanayo Asa

    Gonna buy the Heart of the Praxic Fire to wait until The Ram “arises” in the next expansion !

  • Lara Croft

    You guys know about this? I mean noway Xur is freaking random.